Despite inclement weather, volunteers led by State Rep. Angie Nixon pressed forward for the second annual Northside clean-up. Collaborating on cleaning up blighted neighborhoods, Rep. Nixon and partners bagged more than 25 bags of trash along the Edgewood/Avenue B corridor. The area encompasses the historic Magnolia Gardens subdivision that catered to African Americans men that returned home from WWII through 1969 with veteran’s benefits to purchase homes for their family. The homes in the area were built during the baby boom era between 1940 and 1969. Still living in the area are families that have called the northside home for decades.
“It’s sad that we have to pick up trash along this corridor. We have to do better in keeping our neighborhoods clean, make an investment in these homes and respect our legacy,” said resident Marsha Ward. The Edgewood Avenue corridor is also home to many black businesses that include restaurants, churches and beauty salons. The next clean-up day is scheduled for March.